April 16, 2014 – Sarasota, FL – There’s plenty of buzz about Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota’s newest property and that’s not just because it’s the future location of a home for a low income family. More precisely, the buzz surrounds the thousands of bees that are currently residing in the home, located at 2936 Sterling Lane in Sarasota, FL.
That will all change tomorrow (April 17, 2014) at 10 a.m. when “Bob the Bee Guy” arrives to extract the bees from their temporary home. After the bees are expertly extracted, the home will be demolished and a new home built for a Habitat family. Construction on the home will begin within the next several weeks.
According to Bob van der Herchen, otherwise known as Bob the Bee Guy, honey bees are an important part of the environment. One-third of our food depends on honey bees for pollination. Wildlife and ecosystems, as well as neighborhood gardens, also depend on honey bees. In addition to pollinating our food crops, they produce healthful honey and beeswax which is used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics and, of course, candles. In recent years domestic honey bee populations have been on the decline due to stress from mites, hive beetles, pesticides and a new malady called Colony Collapse Disorder, thus making the expert extraction of bees not only important to a potential homeowner, but to the community as a whole.
About Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
Habitat for Humanity Sarasota strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with families and individuals in need by building decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Since 1985, Habitat Sarasota has built and renovated over 200 homes in the greater Sarasota area, transforming the lives of hundreds. Habitat Sarasota works together with local sponsors, donors and volunteers to build communities and families throughout the Sarasota area. Habitat homebuyers are qualified and selected based on their need for decent and affordable housing; ability to pay back a zero-interest home loan; and willingness to partner with Habitat by completing hundreds of hours of “sweat equity” and a series of basic homebuyer classes. To learn more about Habitat Sarasota call (941) 365-0700 or visit www.habitatsrq.org.